13 Little Blue Envelopes Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Maureen Johnson
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Ginny sacrifice to the Vestal Virgins?

2. What does Ginny find on the metro station map?

3. Who is Ortensia?

4. What does Ginny enclose in her letter?

5. Where does Mari Adams live?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is contained in the second envelope?

2. What does Ginny think of the streets in Rome and how does she find the metro station?

3. Where does Ginny go to search for artists, and what does she decide?

4. What do Keith and Ginny do at the house in Edinburgh and what is Ginny told as she is leaving?

5. What is Ginny's first "assignment"?

6. What does Ginny ask Beppe when they arrive at his apartment and what does he do there?

7. What does Peg tell Ginny as far as traveling is concerned?

8. How does Ginny meet Beppe?

9. What does Ginny decide to do to get rid of the tickets she now holds and how many does she give away?

10. What is the first thing Ginny sees in Edinburgh and what does Keith say about her going alone? Where does the person she is going to see live?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in "13 Little Blue Envelopes". Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Johnson chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Johnson chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Johnson's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliffhangers, deux ex machina, etc.), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Johnson use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme.)

Essay Topic 2

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as "13 Little Blue Envelopes" help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading "13 Little Blue Envelopes"? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in the book to discuss, and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "13 Little Blue Envelopes", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement.) Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in "13 Little Blue Envelopes. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

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